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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Angelo offered me the card just after Irvin passed away and I figured it was a pretty cool piece to add to the collection. It is a brand I have never heard of before, and serial numbered 325/2,000.
Lanier was born in Denton, NC in 1915 and died in 2007 at the age of 91. He played in the majors (a pitcher) from 1938 to 1946 and 1949 to 1953 for the Cardinals, Giants and Browns. He had a career record of 108-82 with a 3.01 ERA and 821 strikeouts.
Lanier won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1942 and 1944 and made the All Star team in 1943 and 1944.
It seems to me that Lanier was a pretty good pitcher in his day. I'm glad to have been able to add his auto to my collection. Thanks for the trade, Angelo!
Friday, January 29, 2016
Thanks for the deal, Alexander! I wish I could remember what I sent, but I'm sure you were happy with it.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Thank you for the deal, Dylan! Not only did he hook me up in this deal, but a couple days later, I got an unopened 2015 Topps Orioles team set, which I haven't been able to find around here. That was really awesome of him!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
I think Josh was pretty happy with the package I sent, especially since he was going to a signing with Grilli not too long after we made the deal. If I remember correctly, he was able to get all of the cards I sent signed. Not bad.
This is a pretty nice Joney from update. It is numbered 61/99 and shows him in his All Star jersey from this past year. I think it looks pretty cool.
Thanks for the trade, Josh!
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
One of those friends is a guy named Jacob who also hails from NC. We have traded on Instagram and met in person at a few of the Raleigh card shows.
For Christmas, Jacob sent me this cool Cal Ripken metal card that I didn't have in my collection. I haven't actually seen any of these before, so this was a nice surprise. It says it was made in 1996 by Metallic Impressions. I thought I had seen all of the Cal cards that there are to see, and Jacob pulls this out of his hat. Well done!
Thank you for the gift, Jacob, I love the card.
Monday, January 25, 2016
I picked up 41 cards that I needed for the set. After this trip, I need 178 cards to complete the set. I couldn't believe that I still needed this Brooks Robinson for the set. I thought I had added it a while ago.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
As always, I made sure to visit Conrad at Chic Antiques while I was in Columbia. I emailed him ahead of time so he would have an idea of what I was looking for. This time around, though, he wasn't able to locate any of the Hall of Fame baseballs that I had on my mind. That made it easier for me to focus on cards, however, and I was able to knock a nice chunk out of my 1969 set while I was there (will be shown in a later blog post).
Since I didn't get a ball, I got some nice vintage for a few friends of mine. Aside from the 1969s, I only took home two vintage cards for myself. The above 1953 Yogi Berra was one that I have seen there a few times, but haven't bought. Finally, I took the plunge and added it to my collection. It is a really cool card and I am glad to have it alongside the rest of my Berras. I think 1953 Topps is a very underrated set. I have a couple of the big name cards, with the Satchel Paige, Berra and a couple others. The Mantle is ridiculously priced, but otherwise, this may be a nice set to work on here and there at some point.
I intend to start up another 50s set sometime soon, and Conrad has been enlisted in helping me get started. I doubt it will be 1953, but I do look forward to the day when I can work on this one. I think they are beautiful cards.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
So, I was able to help my friend out a bit by making a purchase from him and I got another Museum Collection card to add to my Chris Davis PC. This card is numbered 25/99 and has a nice 3-color piece of Adam Jones's jersey (the one patch on the card). Cruz is a piece of bat, while Davis and Schoop are both jersey swatches.
I only had two other quad relics of these guys on 2015 Museum Collection. Those are numbered /25 and /75. With this one numbered /99, I now have three different serial number series. Not bad.
Thanks for the deal, Frankie!
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Ben has been really busy lately, so we haven't been able to talk as much, but every time we do, it is always a good time.
Ben sent me some nice cards, but the highlight of the package was this 2003 Fleer Avant Brooks Robinson auto numbered 149/300. I had never seen these before. The card is very clean and looks sharp. I bet they have some other nice autos in this set. I obviously didn't have it, so it will take a spot in my Brooks PC.
Thank you for the package, and your friendship, Ben! I know you're a busy dude, so we will just enjoy the short time we are able to talk that much more. Thanks buddy!
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Thanks so much for the awesome Christmas gift, Eli! I really love everything that was in there! You definitely don't need to get me anything else.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Michael really surprised me with what he included in the package. I had never seen the above 2006 Bowman Originals Nolan Reimold auto. It is hand numbered and comes in a sealed snap case. They don't scan very well, but that's ok. I loved the Bowman Heritage when it came out. I feel like it may be time for Topps to go back to the well with Bowman Heritage.
Thanks so much for the Christmas care package, Michael. I really appreciate it and am happy to add all of these cards to my collection!
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Inside the package was a bunch of Orioles parallels, like the above Zach Britton gold from 2015 Topps. This one is numbered 1952/2015.
Like I said, I was surprised to be getting anything from Jack. He is a really nice guy, and I need to do some more trading with him and his cousin. Thanks so much for the care package, Jack!
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Davis's deal includes a full no trade clause and no opt outs. Davis is my guy, and I am so happy to see him coming back to the Orioles. I think you will see a flurry of moves, now that he is off the board. Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton should be finding landing spots soon.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Scott got me a few really nice cards as my gift. The above Jonathan Schoop looks really great in person. It is numbered 17/35 and is from 2013 Topps Tribute. This is a really nice card, and I didn't have it in my collection yet.
Thanks for the awesome holiday package, Scott! I loved everything that was in it!
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
This is a 1949 M. P. & Co. (R3202-2) Ralph Kiner. As you can see, it is beat up pretty bad, but still looks really cool. According to oldcardboard.com, this set was released as a strip of 8 cards. I got it for $3.00 because I like Kiner, and also because the card looked really cool.
I'm happy I picked it up. I'll probably look around and see if I can find one in better condition at some point, and I will also see who else is on the checklist as well (ok, I cheated and looked a few up on Ebay... THERES A BOB FELLER!!).
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
I was shocked and blown away yesterday morning to hear that music icon, David Bowie had passed away sometime Sunday.
Today, when I was checking on some Oriole news on Twitter, I saw that Hall of Famer Monte Irvon had passed away at age 96. Irvin wasn't necessarily a shock, since he was 96, but it still stung nonetheless. He was a baseball pioneer, one of the last remaining players of a bygone era. He was also very good to fans and a great TTM signer.
The above baseball was one I got TTM back in 2010, which I have since flipped to my good friend, Andrew. I had replaced that ball with a PSA one from Historic Autographs Ball of Fame.
Irvin was one of the oldest living baseball players at the time of his passing, and was the second longest tenured Hall of Famer (Sandy Koufax is the longest tenured living Hall of Famer, having been elected in 1972).
Irvin was a great ball player in his time and is regarded as one of the best to have come out of the Negro Leagues. It was widely speculated back then that he would be the player who would break the color barrier, but Branch Rickey went with Jackie Robinson instead.
Rest in peace, Monte Irvin.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Thank you so much for the gifts, Sam! You didn't have to get me anything else, but I'm happy you thought well enough of me to do so!
Sunday, January 10, 2016
This card has been on my wishlist for a long time, ever since a former friend of mine picked one up at a show back in 2009 or so for $80. That card had a huge crease down the front. This card, I got for cheaper than that, but it is far from perfect. It has some creasing, but overall, looks great.
The vendor I got the card from is one I try to buy from whenever I get the chance. He is a really good guy, and always works with me on pricing. I bought another card from him, but I will wait to show it. He also had another card that was on my Top Ten, but I didn't pull the trigger on that one. I may get it at another show, but the condition held me back some on it as well. We will see how it goes. I'm just happy to finally cross this one off.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
The list price was $29.99 shipped, and I got $12 off, so I think I got a nice steal on it. I think the card looks really cool, so I am glad I was able to pick it up. I was more worried about not getting one because they are so short printed, so I really made my move pretty quick. I probably would have bought it, even without the Ebay Bucks discount.
There is another red parallel of Davis listed on Ebay. I have considered going ahead and getting that one, too, but I don't really have $30 to spend on a card I already have at the moment. Maybe I will leave it for some other Davis super collector.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Max sent me what he says was half of my Christmas gift. The above Fergie Jenkis ball was something he picked up in person about a month ago for me, so I used it as an opportunity to upgrade the ball that I had. Mine was one of my original TTM successes, but was on a China ball with a bad pen, so it has faded quite a bit.
This one looks so much better and is on an OMLB ball. Definitely an upgrade!
I love 1989 Topps's design, so I had to show this one. It looks really cool signed. I need to get myself into more TTMs on cards, because I feel like TTM autos give some of the 80s-90s cards new life, so to speak.
So, thank you so much for the awesome package, Max. As always, I appreciate it!
Thursday, January 7, 2016
This Rollie Fingers rookie card was one of the higher profile cards that I needed. To be honest, I had no idea that Fingers's rookie card was in this set, until I looked at a checklist to see what big name cards remained.
I was able to knock it out for $9.95 shipped on Ebay, which is a steal, I think. I have seen these go for around $25 or so, so I made sure to not let this deal pass me by.
The 1969 set is a goal of mine for this year. I have been working on it long enough, and it is time to close it out. Here's to hoping I can meet that goal this year.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
While I had hoped that four names would be announced, only two made it this year. It was a foregone conclusion that Ken Griffey, Jr. would make it on his first try. He will be joined in Cooperstown by former slugger, Mike Piazza.
Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines narrowly missed the cut, so it is highly likely that those two will be among the group called next year.
I had hoped that Bagwell would make it, since I already have a baseball signed by him; it would have made my HOF total go up. I had a chance to pick up a Griffey at the National for a ridiculous price, but I passed because I felt it was too good to be true.
With tonight's announcement, that gives me two more guys I can pursue for my collection, which is nice. This beats the Veterans Committee (or whatever they are calling it these days) because those guys are a lot harder to find.
Griffey received the highest voting percentage in history, with 99.3% after being named on all but 3 ballots. He breaks the record that was held by Tom Seaver who had 98.84% in 1992. I want to know who the three idiots are that felt that Griffey wasn't a Hall of Famer.
Next year, Bagwell and Raines will be on the ballot along with newcomers Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez. I'm interested in seeing what happens with Ramirez, since he was pegged twice for PED use. Ivan Rodriguez is a Hall of Famer in my mind, but he was named in Jose Canseco's book as a user and deflated once MLB started testing. I would like to see him get in, but we shall see.
Overall, I am please with how the vote turned out today. I'm glad the BBWAA took votes away from folks (about 100). I think they should continue to do so to the people who use the voting process as a means for attention. I think the changes made to the process, though, have worked. You're still seeing the right guys get in, I feel. There are a few over the last several years that I kind of question (Larkin being the most obvious one), but in the end, I like the process.